if Upshaw had become half the player the coaching staff expected him to be at this point, suggs would be cut and we would have a ton of extra cap space to work with, at this point he is a bust.
jimmy smith always showed his potential, and a majority of fans still knew he wasn't gonna be a bust and sooner or later he was going to put it all together, you just had that feeling when you watched him play, Upshaw on the other hand, has given us nothing. he is constantly out of shape and overweight, terrible conditioning, cant set the edge, zero burst, he was regarded as a "violent" and "strong" and "heavy handed" player who would be able to manhandle and bullrush lineman, and lay big hits, but he has done neither. he looks lazy, lost, confused, and disinterested on every snap. the only play I can recall where I was impressed, was his fumble in the SB, and that wasn't even very impressive, he got shook out of his jock, turned around and chased and blindsided a ballcarrier who had his forward progress stopped and was about to fall down as his ankles were wrapped up, and knocked the ball loose, good hustle, but once you diagnose the play, not that impressive, though it yielded huge results. in 2 seasons that is about all the good he has done, and one more bad season is gonna bring out the boo-bird in me, because ive seen nothing from him.